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I am traveling from US to India, stopping in PEK.

I hold Indian passport, but my US visa has expired (traveling to get it renewed).

I was wondering if I can take the US -> PEK -> India flight without holding any Chinese visa?

Basically does the fact that I do not have valid US visa, invalidate the layover requirements for China.

  • Technically you wont have a valid visa for the USA as far as the Chinese authorities will know. – BritishSam Nov 14 '17 at 12:49
  • But I am headed to India, so why does US visa matter? – Manas Paldhe Nov 14 '17 at 22:06
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From Timatic it seems like you qualify for transit without visa if your transit time is less than 24 hours:

Transit - China (People's Rep.) (CN)

Visa: Visa required.

TWOV (Transit Without Visa): Holders of confirmed onward air, cruise or train tickets for a max. transit time of 24 hours. Transit incl. multiple stops within China (People's Rep.), with a total transit time of max. 24 hours, is permitted. They must travel to a third country.

Transit without visa (TWOV) is not possible at Fuzhou (FOC), Huangshan (TXN), Mudanjiang (MDG), Shenzhen (SZX) and Yanji (YNJ).

This does not apply at Urumqi (URC).

This does not apply at Guangzhou (CAN).

All transiting passengers are subject to a check by immigration. Passengers in transit must hold passports or other documents accepted to enter China (People's Rep.). .

  • So looks like the fact that my US visa has expired won't be an issue. (I am in US legally though visa has expired). – Manas Paldhe Nov 16 '17 at 2:20

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